Is there a point where it doesnt work any more? I was on Ability x 2 yrs when Dad died. I've been off it 1 yr now. I am also on Wellbutron SR qhs. Also started when dad died. I am currently under a lot of stress which I don't handle well. Is there a time that you should change Prozac to another rx? I am having a flare up of FMS and am in pain. I am depressed and don't want to leave the house. I am in between Drs and when I meet my new Dr. In Jan I am afraid he won't help me unless I have some backing or proof. I am not a hypochondriac. I am depressed and in pain. Pain Meds are ineffective. (generic Prozac does not work like the name brand) What should I do? Ask to go back on Abilify?, increase the Prozac?, change meds?
I have had FMS for 27 yrs. I was put on Prozac 40mg OD. I am still on it?
Added 10 Dec 2012:
Thanks for you thoughts. As an update, I am a Canadian now living in the US x20 years. I had no insurance and my wonderful husband paid for everything. I have just started on disability and in Jan/13 will have medical insurance. Can hardly wait! We will get another doctor and that is why I am hoping he will work with me. I had two dr.s before that said they wouldn't work with me, without even seeing me! And another didn't want to do a particular thyroid test I'd asked for. I have an enlarged thyroid but it seems to function fine. He said he could do the test but would know what to do with the results! Had one Canadian ( not a Canadian dr.) tell me to go home and get pregnant and I'd be fine!! I really wonder about doctors sometime. You really have to do your own research. Over the years I've seen drs in every discipline. It's been expensive. Fortunately my Rxs are paid for the rest of my life from my hubby's former work place. Considering the monthly cost $1000-2000 per month, it is a God send, and the only reason we can live in the US. I have the distinction of being Publixs best customer!
It is not unusual to have to change antidepressants or up the dose after a perio of several years. Your choices are each as valid as the other. I ould discuss your symptoms honestly with the doctor and let him decide what to do. Not sure what is the surce of your pain, but Cymbalta is one antidepressant that is effective agains some types of pain as well. Might want to discuss this as a possibility.
Yes, it sounds like you definitely have built up a tolerance against the medication.
And as others have mentioned Prozac is not a anti depressant that is used for FMS.
Cymbalta has been a drug that I have used for my depression & FMS pain.
Also you mentioned that you didn't have any records to "back off proof".
Is there a reason you cannot get your Drs. to send there records to your new Dr. ?
Also is your New Dr. a Family our Primary Dr. ? Also do you take any type of pain medication for your FMS that you take now? The most important thing is to explain to your new Dr. about what your pain level is at on average. Also let them know that the Prozac is no longer working for you. I wish you the best, Kathy
Hi Pumpkinsmom, and welcome. You are certainly correct about having to do your research about doctors. They will want to run every test in the book, and give you the latest pill that the drug rep walked in with 1/2 hour before you did!! Medical science has RUINED my body, and that is MY fault, for letting them do what they wanted. Now I have to piece together what is left of it, give it good nutrition and supplements and hope that it can still heal itself, as a body is meant to do. Regarding your thyroid, before you start on all those tests, biopsies, etc., my suggestion is to take an iodine supplement such as Kelp. Since we have been drilled that salt is not good for us, many have stopped using the enriched salt with iodine, and the American diet is woefully deficient in that mineral. The way they found out about iodine is that people started getting goiters, (enlargement of the thyroid), and when they added iodine to salt, the goiters went away.
Secondly, regarding FMS, there is really no medication that can truly help it. Although they have come out with Cymbalta, Savella, and Lyrica, most people have problems with all the side effects. I'm not saying not to try them, I am just saying perhaps you can control the FMS without medication. There are a plethora of Drs. on the web who have suggestions on how to deal with FMS, as it is not curable. One being lifestyle changes, and the other with supplements. Dr. Roger Murphree comes to mind. Also Dr. Teitlebaum (I think that is his name, just google Fibromyalgia doctors, and he will come up). They all suggest supplements, and although I agree with them, I will not purchase the supplements through them. I write them down, and get them from Swanson Vitamins on the web. They are by far the purest and least expensive source of supplements anywhere. FI, it is suggested that you take 5-HTP at high doses,(300 mg), which is a natural antidepressant, but don't take it together with a pharmaceutical antidepressant. It truly is worth a try. I do sleep better, not that I sleep great, but better following their suggestions. I have tried every possible pharaceutical answer for FMS, but they never work. I don't think that you can find too many people here who they have worked for either.
Just some suggestions. I truly hope that you feel better soon!! And BTW, Publix is my favorite store also! (After all, they put me through college, and I had to clean the place, so I know how clean it is, LOL)
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